REVIEW: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard seems like a straightforward dark magic story, but it is anything but. If you are just reading the description of this story, on...
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REVIEW: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

REVIEW: The Returning by Damien Black

I received a review copy of The Returning: A Cautionary Tale From The Mercenary Realms in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Damien Black. The Returning...
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REVIEW: The Returning by Damien Black

REVIEW: Altered Carbon Season 2 from Netflix

Altered Carbon is probably one of my all-time favorite cyberpunk series, both book and television adaptation. I felt the idea of adapting the original novel was impossible given its stunning...
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REVIEW: Altered Carbon Season 2 from Netflix

REVIEW: Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

Kel Kade's book, Fate of the Fallen, is a book of tropes turned on their head and flipped all around. For example, how many books have you read about a small-town...
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REVIEW: Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

REVIEW: The Elder Ice and Broken Meats by David Hambling

David Hambling is the author of such Neo-Lovecraft novels as The Dulwich Horror and Tales of the Al-Azif. H.P. Lovecraft is an author who has spawned thousands of novels written...
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REVIEW: The Elder Ice and Broken Meats by David Hambling

REVIEW: The Son by Philipp Meyer

The Son is an epic novel that scales the history of the American west over three generations of a family, the McCulloughs. It is an instant classic, a masterpiece and...
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REVIEW: The Son by Philipp Meyer

REVIEW: For The Emperor by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!! Yes, all three exclamation points are necessary. Combining grimdark and humor is something that is very risky but awesome when done correctly. As Mel...
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REVIEW: For The Emperor by Sandy Mitchell

REVIEW: The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Kingdom of Liars in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Nick Martell and Gollancz for the opportunity. The...
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REVIEW: The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell

10 Graphic Novels to Get You Started in the Genre

Comic books and, by extension, graphic novels (long-form comic books) were at one time the domain of the great unwashed. They were populated only by the geeks, the nerds, the...
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10 Graphic Novels to Get You Started in the Genre

REVIEW: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel takes the best parts of the dystopian science fiction and fantasy genre and does one thing most books can't, give the reader hope. Generally,...
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An Interview with Leigh Bardugo

THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS is a beautiful collection of dark fairy tales by Leigh Bardugo, author of one of my favourite series, Six of Crows. It presents like you’re sitting around a campfire in...

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Review: The Court of Broken Knives

Anna Smith-Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives is by far one of the strongest debuts I’ve read in a long time. The world is rich and gorgeous and brutal and harsh and only eclipsed...

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Review: Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Grimdark comes in a variety of shapes and sizes but tends to be viewed as epic trilogies or doorstopper series. Rarely do we get to see what I term to be “pocket-sized fantasy” where...

Short Reviews for Short Fiction

Every now and then I feel a bit bogged down with reading doorstopper after doorstopper and reviewing at a rate of about one book every two months. I get an intense need to get...

Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

Review: Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

While Necrotech is ostensibly cyberpunk, its darkness and violence are enough to earn it a place in the grimdark sci-fi category. The protagonist, Riko, is a violent, vulgarity spewing “splatter specialist” in a dystopian...

The Marketing Genius of Kickstarter

Kickstarter is likely the current best pound for pound marketing platform for creatives on the planet. It presents cleanly, is easy to set up and use no matter which country you’re in, and it...

Dragon Age: Origins

Classic VG Review: Dragon Age: Origins

There are a lot of questions about what the best grimdark video game would be. My pick is The Witcher 3 and, to a lesser extent, its predecessor, Assassins of Kings. This isn’t a...

Game of Thrones: The Show vs the Books

Game of Thrones: The Show vs the Books

Warning: spoiler alert. With the seventh season of Game of Thrones nearly finished, and now well beyond the source material, the show is a distinctly different beast from the books. For the first couple...

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Review: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

THE WAKING FIRE is Book One of the Draconis Memoria, a new fantasy series from the author of the acclaimed Raven’s Shadow series. The setting owes a debt to steampunk but, unlike traditional steampunk,...

Lucifer's Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Review: Lucifer’s Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Lucifer’s Star is a quick read filled with space battles, futuristic technology, cyborgs, clones and sexy biroids. It has a thrilling opening battle, morally gray characters and a well-done, subtle sci-fi setting. But it...